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Football: Cajun All-Stars – Anderson, Thompson, Maxwell invited to inaugural event

Tim Buckley, Daily Advertiser, Dec. 17, 2013

NCAA Football: UL Lafayette at Kansas State

UL linebacker Justin Anderson and tight ends Ian Thompson and Jacob Maxwell have all been invited to play in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl, a college football all-star game for senior prospects that will be held Jan. 11 in Charleston, S.C.

The game will be played in Johnson Hagood Stadium, on the campus of The Citadel.

Ninety-two players will be divided into two 46-member teams, one (the National Team) coached by former Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys head coach

Chan Gailey and the other (the American Team) coached by ex-Maryland head coach and former San Diego Chargers assistant coach Ralph Friedgen.

NFL scouts, coaches and general managers are expected to attend when practices start Jan. 6.

“That’s gonna be a good opportunity as far as scouts go,” Thompson said.

Anderson, a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference pick, leads the league in tackles and has made 100-plus tackles for the Cajuns each of the past two seasons.

Thompson and Maxwell have shared tight-end responsibilities at UL the past two years, taking over after current NFL tight end Ladarius Green was drafted by the San Diego Chargers.

Current Medal of Honor Bowl commits from Sun Belt Conference-member schools in addition to Anderson, Maxwell and Thompson are Western Kentucky linebacker Xavius Boyd, the Sun Belt’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year; Troy’s Cory Robinson, this year’s All-Sun Belt first team quarterback; Troy receiver Eric Thomas; and Troy defensive lineman Antonio Gillespie.

Others expected to play in the game include Tennessee running back Raijon Neal, a 1,000-yard rusher for the Volunteers; Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall; and Ohio University quarterback Tyler Tettleton, a Davey O’Brien Award candidate.


UL coach Mark Hudspeth said after practice Monday that usual starting quarterback Terrance Broadway is “not cleared yet” to play in Saturday night’s New Orleans Bowl game against Tulane.

Broadway broke a bone in the forearm of his throwing arm in a Nov. 30 loss to UL Monroe and underwent surgery Dec. 2.

Hudspeth said Broadway had a “positive” evaluation Monday, but called him “doubtful” for Saturday.

“But (the) doctor did see improvement,” Hudspeth said. “At least he … is healing and doing much better than expected at this point.”

According to Hudspeth, Broadway “did throw and get some work in” Monday but he did not take any snaps in practice.

With Broadway, redshirt freshmen Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon continue to prep for the New Orleans Bowl. Hudspeth said he still expects “both to play” against the Green Wave.


UL freshman running back Elijah McGuire has been named a second-team True Freshman All-American by 247Sports.com.

The website’s first-team running backs are Arkansas’ Alex Collins, who ran 190 times for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 63 yards, and Oregon’s Thomas Tyner, who has run for 689 yards and nine touchdowns and has 12 receptions for 109 yards.

Heading into the New Orleans Bowl, McGuire has 92 carries for 818 yards and seven touchdowns and 15 catches for 290 yards and three TDs.

The product of Vandebilt Catholic in Houma also has been named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and earned honorable mention on College Football News’ 2013 national All-Freshman Team.